People

Alan Beitman
After spending most of his professional career in the public schools of Connecticut, Alan Beitman has accepted the superintendent’s position in Burlington, Mass. He worked the previous three years as superintendent in the 4,500-student Monroe, Conn., district and the five years before that in the top post in Manchester, Conn. Beitman also has spent seven years as principal of Illing and Bennet middle schools in Manchester, two years as principal of a high school in Cheshire, Conn., and seven years in charge of an independent day school in Waterbury, Conn. Beitman first worked for 11 years as a psychotherapist.

Connie K. Calloway
An educator for more than 30 years, Connie Calloway recently moved into the superintendency of the 116,000-student Detroit Public Schools. Calloway earlier served in two superintendent positions: the Normandy, Mo., School District and the Trotwood-Madison City Schools in Trotwood, Ohio. An Alabama native and the first college graduate in her family, Calloway has taught in the public schools of Boston and Cleveland, Ohio, and taught adult education at a military program in West Germany. She holds a doctoral degree in educational leadership from Ohio University.

Teresa Chaulk
The Lincoln County School District 1 in Diamondville, Wyo., has a new superintendent in Teresa Chaulk. She joined the Lincoln County district in 1998 and was elevated from the school system’s directorship of special education and curriculum development. She is a member of the Wyoming Leadership Associates Program. Previously Chaulk worked in several administrative capacities with the Unified School District 457 in Garden City, Kan. She is completing her Ph.D. in adult learning at Capella University, an online institution.

Raj K. Chopra
Following stints as a superintendent in seven school districts across the nation, Raj Chopra has assumed the presidency of Southwestern College in Chula Vista, Calif. Most recently, he spent six years in the top berth of the 25,000-student Phoenix Union High School District in Arizona. Chopra previously has filled an array of superintendent positions beginning in 1976 in districts ranging from 2,000 to 45,000 students: Bellfontaine, Ohio; Granville, Ohio; Marple-Newtown, Pa.; Fort Bend, Texas; Shawnee Mission, Kan.; and Council Bluffs, Iowa. Chopra holds a doctorate from Bowling Green University.

Richard B. Holzman
After a stint as superintendent in Ware, Mass., Richard Holzman has become dean of special academic projects at American International College in Springfield, Mass. Holzman earlier worked as director of the school administration program at the college. He concurrently works as executive vice president of Futures HealthCorp., a health care staffing firm. Holzman earlier worked as a superintendent in Schenectady, N.Y.; Teaneck, N.J.; Middletown, N.J.; and the American International School in Caracas, Venezuela. Holzman earned an Ed.D. in school administration from University of Massachusetts.

Carol A. Merlone
A principal of the Mead School in Ansonia, Conn., since 2003, Carol Merlone recently assumed the Ansonia superintendency. She has spent almost the entirety of her professional career in education in the 2,700-student school system, beginning as a primary grades teacher in 1984. Merlone also worked as principal of two elementary schools in Ansonia for a total of six years. She started in Ansonia as an elementary school teacher after spending two years teaching basic English and math to employees of ARCO Industries, an adult learning center, in Derby, Conn.


TRANSITIONS

APPOINTMENTS

Scott Elliff, from interim superintendent to superintendent, Corpus Christi, Texas

Mark Keahey, from superintendent, Sulphur Bluff, Texas, to superintendent, Grand Saline, Texas

Mark Mondanaro, superintendent, Lafayette, N.Y., to superintendent, Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Union Free Schools, Tonawanda, N.Y.

Darrell Myers, from superintendent, Bridge City, Texas, to superintendent, Livingston, Texas

Mike Roberts, from superintendent, Sinton, Texas, to superintendent, Commerce, Texas

Gordon Salisbury, from superintendent, Silver Creek, N.Y., to superintendent, Cleveland Hill Union Free Schools, Cheektowaga, N.Y.

Gregory Thornton, from chief academic officer, Philadelphia, Pa., to CEO and superintendent, Chester-Upland School District, Chester, Pa.

Nick Trombetta, from superintendent, Midland Borough, Pa., to director, Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School, Midland, Pa.

RETIREMENTS

Ken Crawford, superintendent, Bainbridge Island, Wash.

Tom Davenport, superintendent, Lake Dallas, Texas

Nadine Kujawa, superintendent, Aldine Independent School District, Houston, Texas

Angelo Pezzuolo, executive director, Midwestern Intermediate Unit, Grove City, Pa.

Gordon L. Schimmel, superintendent, Mansfield, Conn.

Nicholas Sham, superintendent, Northern Lehigh School District, New Tripoli, Pa. Sylvester Small, superintendent, Akron, Ohio

Brenda Winkler, superintendent, Kutztown, Pa.

HONORS

Fred Brent, superintendent, Anderson-Shiro Consolidated Independent School District, Anderson, Texas, recipient of first Hoyle Award in Educational Leadership from Administrative Leadership Institute

Gary S. Mathews, superintendent, Williamsburg- James City County Public Schools, Williamsburg, Va., awarded Outstanding Curriculum Leader of 2007 by Virginia Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

Leonard Merrell, retired superintendent, Katy, Texas, recipient of the Golden Deeds Award for service from Administrative Leadership Institute

News about AASA members’ promotions, retirements, honors and deaths should be addressed to: Editor, The School Administrator, 801 N. Quincy St., Suite 700, Arlington, VA 22203. Fax: 703-528-2146. E-mail: magazine@aasa.org